Would Humans Have Survived Without Dogs? | Answers With Joe



this video is supported by Skillshare okay ladies and gentlemen this is Zoe Zoe is french bulldog which is a breed that really shouldn't exist it's a combination of a Boston Terrier a pug and a you know English Bulldog it's kind of a Franken dog and they were designed really for only one purpose and that is to look cute and she's good at it what she's not good at is breathing this squat nose of hers is what they call brachiocephalic which means that she winds up snoring throughout the night like a friggin chainsaw and also because of her brat worst shaped body she can't actually get down to clean herself after she does her business so I have to do that for her lest little bits of nastiness wind up in our Oh our bed in our clothes in fact because of the way they're built French bulldogs can't actually have sex so the only way to breed them is through artificial insemination which is why they're so expensive wouldn't care so what if they can't you know reproduce or clean themselves or breathe they weren't designed for that they were designed to be companion dogs and for that they are incredibly good Zoe all the ways just wants to be right next to me except for what I'm trying to record a video clearly alright you can go you can go and now have dog hair all over me dogs have been bred for all kinds of purposes from hunting to protection to hurting getting moles out of the garden even racing over thousands of years we've transformed wolves into helpful even life-saving companions that we've changed dogs over time is no surprise what might be a surprise is how much they've changed us along the way in our evolution from advanced primates to hairless advanced primates there have been several technologies that have helped speed things along our ability to harness fire our ability to communicate through language our ability to make weapons at a stone and metal but perhaps the thing that set us apart from all the other animals most was our ability to use other animals for our benefit human beings are only so strong we're only so fast we can only perceive so much through our senses so there's only so much that we can achieve but we eventually realize that if we harness the abilities of other animals we could achieve so much more we could be as strong as an ox we could be as fast as a horse and we could be as perceptive as a dog dogs are a technology one of our very first technologies dogs and humans go way back long before anything resembling recorded history which means we have no record of there ever being a time without dogs it's believed the domestication of dogs began around 30,000 years ago this is when we first start to see dog bones being buried alongside human bones or at least in proximity of human bones so the theory goes that humans were hunter-gatherers and wolves at the time weren't just seen as a competitor but a threat they hunted in packs they were smart they hunted the same prey we did they also hunted during the day like we did but along the way some of these wolves realized that picking off the scraps that the humans leave behind is a lot easier way to get food than hunting on their own and these were probably some of the more docile wolves that didn't want to have to fight the other wolf for food these docile wolves grew to trust the humans and vice versa over time they began to rely on him it became sort of a symbiotic relationship and the pack mentality shared by both species kind of help them become sort of one integrated family of sorts and in a social sense you know these these wolves would protect the humans from other predators and the humans would provide food and shelter and eventually they learned how to hunt together and over time humans learned that if you bred the more docile dogs with other more docile dogs you would create even more docile dogs so they started breeding for this and other traits so that by the time we actually started writing things down we had specialized intelligent loyal breeds of dogs that made our completely different it was only after we domesticated dogs that we were able to domesticate other animals humans began to realize that instead of chasing after that big beef machine or hunting down and killing that thing that grows our clothes we could just you know put the thing up around them of course putting them inside of a thing made it impossible for them to escape predators which means that you would have to watch them all the time which would be especially difficult at night dogs made that possible they not only protected the herds they also kept them in lyon and ran Runaways back in there a well-trained team of dogs could do the work of dozens of people freeing them up to do more important things thanks to dogs we went from hunter-gatherers to farmers and ranchers of course the agricultural revolution led to the rise of cities and trade routes money mathematics and language to keep track of all that stuff it led to civilization now would we have gotten there without dogs maybe but then maybe not once upon a time we were just a fledgling species trying to eke out our survival just like any other species I've talked in videos before about how we almost went extinct a couple of times it was pretty precarious without this beneficial partnership who knows we actually partner with and lived with dogs for so long that some people actually think that both of our genetics have been changed because of it it's led to a connection with dogs that we just don't have with any other species to the point that many people think that their dogs can read their minds but can they actually read our minds or they just so attune to our behavior in our micro-expressions that they can tell what we're thinking before we outwardly express it for example my dogs always seem to know when I'm gonna leave the house to go take a meeting or go to work or go do something when I get up in the morning even if I'm not doing anything different you know I stumble out of bed I throw on some clothes I put them outside I put some food in their bowl I'm not doing anything different but I can tell they're they're acting differently toward me they can they can tell something's up and of course I'm so attuned to their micro expressions that I can tell that they can tell what's going on you know I can I can see the sadness in their face when they can tell that I'm gonna be going away for a while and I can see the anticipation and the excitement when they can tell that they're gonna be going to the park in fact a recent study in the journal scientific reports shows that dogs make more facial expressions when a human is looking at them than when a person is looking away even if there's no food or treat we weren't involved and this indicates there's not some kind of subconscious movement on the dog's part it's actually a way for them to communicate with us and dogs have one of the most expressive faces in the animal kingdom it could be argued that our faces in their face is kind of co-evolved to be able to read each other's expressions and dogs also seem to be particularly attuned to our gestures in ways that other animals aren't there's sort of a famous experiment called the object choice task that some researchers have done where basically a person points to a cup and the dog knows that the person is pointing to that cup in other words they're asking does the dog know what we mean when we point at the cup and it turns out that they do sort of genuinely have an instinctive knowledge that we are pointing at an object it's not about our finger it's not about our hand it's a symbolic gesture to something else not many other animals actually pick up on this not even chimps our closest genetic relatives and according to champion dog trainer Kahle McCann sometimes a look is all it takes because we know dogs are masters at reading body language we utilize these responses to teach our dogs basic things like sit or lie down or even more advanced things like high-level competitive agility training if I turn my head to my left my dog will run to my left side if I turn my head to my right my dog will run to my right side and I can even use that head change to teach her to go back and forth to either side of my body but some people say just the fact that the dogs can bond with us so strongly that they can you know guess our gestures so well shows that there's a lot of coevolution that's happened here there's a really interesting article about I'll link to it in the description now one last point about the human dog connection that I think is interesting is the fact that we haven't really needed dogs for work purposes in general for quite some time but there's still dogs around in fact there's more of them than ever before and yes some of them are still working dogs that serve a special purpose but most of them are just pets just dogs that we keep around just because we have this instinctual feeling that our lives are better with a minute and maybe part of this reason is oxytocin when humans and dogs interact with each other we both produced this hormone called Tosun which is often called the cuddle hormone it produces feelings of love and closeness we actually have a physiological response to each other okay so this is where the cat people are probably pulling their hair out and screaming at their phones because I'm kind of making it sound like dogs are the only animals that people have a connection with and of course that's not true in fact a lot of things I'm saying about dogs could also be applied to cats you know cats were very useful back in the day especially on sailing ships and in cities where they were mousers and ratters if it wasn't for cats we would probably be overrun with rodents and snakes and yes of course we formed a bond with them that for many people has ever been as strong as a connection that a human could have with a dog I have a cat myself actually he's not here he's probably sitting on a windowsill somewhere being a cat all of which brings me to one last point which is that the whole human dog connection thing the whole symbiotic relationship that we have isn't unique to humans and dogs it's not even unique to humans we've worked with and bonded with horses the aforementioned cats many different types of beasts of burden even birds of prey but it turns out this is not that uncommon you know we like to think of nature as a well a dog-eat-dog world where every species is battling each other out for supremacy but in fact interspecies relationships and partnerships are common and quite vital birds often partner with crocodiles to clean their teeth for them lampreys clean out the gills of sharks and crabs off and carry sea urchins on their back for protection the humans have bonded more strongly with more animals than any other animal in the world and maybe that's what made all the difference maybe our ability to harness the advantages of other animals is what set us apart maybe the lesson here is that instead of being competitive being cooperative yields the best results maybe it's that side of our nature that actually helps us out the most because the dogs have taught us anything it's that doing things together is a lot more fun so I'll put the question to you do you have a dog do you ever feel like it can read your mind do you feel like you have a special connection with a dog or a cat or any other kind of animal talk about in the comments of course if you do have a dog one of the best things you can do is spend time training with them it not only builds a bond between you and the dog it also encourages good behavior and it's it's just fun for the dog so if you're interested in learning more about that you might want to check out the canine masterclass course from Tatyana Ambrose on Skillshare in this class she teaches several training techniques designed not to just to get your dog doing tricks but to build a bond with your dog this is especially 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30 thoughts on “Would Humans Have Survived Without Dogs? | Answers With Joe

  1. I love all your videos but like most Anthropology the armchair theories about why evolution happened to certain way there's zero evidence for most of what you said

  2. Wait, here in brazil the french bulldogs don't do the artificial insemination, my uncle's dog did his stuff normally lol

  3. We needed dogs to survive. I live in the middle of nowhere Wyoming and thoughout my life my dogs have protected me from, bears, mountain lions, Badgers, and rattle snakes. Not usually by attacking those animals but by letting me know they are nearby so I can chart a path around. I also think horses are closer to us even more so than cats. Not as close as dogs my horses can definitely pick up on most of my body language and moods.

  4. One of that great achievements is making no use of the alphabet and it is called spelling. Something whose full potential other cultures have yet to discover. … Spelling "The art of assigning combination of random symbols to sounds or words and thus avoiding the primitive use of pictographic symbols or pictures."

  5. My son is in college teaching Psychology. He has 2 more years to go and he will have a PhD. His focus of study is animal research.

  6. my dogs know what shoes that i usually wear when i walk them. if i’m wearing my work shoes or flip flops, they don’t get excited, but if i’m wearing my converse or athletic shoes then they get excited because they expect to go on a walk.

  7. I have a Frenchy too. Her name is Frances, she is my second Frenchy, and I now realize I can't exist without one. She is a joy. I researched breeds and at the time I had her I still owned a small black box theater and I wanted her to sit with me at the door. Frenchies are relatively quiet and super friendly so she was an immediate hit with our patrons. She actually figured out a neat trick, ushering customers to their seats. She would lead people to empty seats, wait for a pat on the head and then return to the front to escort the next group. Then when the lights went down she returned to my lap and snored quietly. I love her so much, I can't imagine life without her. She's only 5 so luckily that day is far off.

  8. My dog can 100% read my body language. I've had him since I was in 6th grade and he was 1 year old. I'm currently 21 and he's about 10 and a half years old. He knows when he's about to get fed, when he's about to go for a walk, when he's about to go to the vet, when I'm about to leave for a while, and I'm sad, when I'm happy, when I'm angry, when I'm anxious, everything. It's almost like we're both an extension of each other. And I love it, I wouldn't trade him for the world. Anyone could offer me any magic wish or any amount of money… nope. I'd way rather have my best friend :') <3

  9. Lampreys clean the gills of sharks? Not sure how that would work. I thought lampreys had a parasitic relationship with fish and marine mammals?

  10. Years ago my roommate got a new kitten he named Boba. He's a Manx or "Bobtail." Me and Boba fell in love because he was like no other cat I've ever befriended. He was a lot like a dog in many respects. He wanted to play a lot. When he went outside he even panted and wagged his little stub of a tail just like a dog would. I really wanted to adopt Boba for myself but I couldn't take him away from my roommate. I did a little research about Manxes and Bobtails and it is reported that they do tend to have more dog-like traits than most cats. A year after I moved into my own apartment my mom found a Manx kitten put up for adoption by Justin Bartlett Animal Rescue and I jumped at the opportunity. I named him Bashar and he is a lot like Boba. He loves the beach. He runs up to strangers wagging his little stub of a tail. I like taking him on outings at the park. we trust each other. He doesn't mind car rides and is free to roam the cabin while I drive.

  11. The domestication of dogs, did advance the human species to an extent in the past. They were a tool for us and they still are. Excellent presentation. Today, they provide us with many different emotional support connections.

    The three we own are driving me to drink as they are always getting into things, breaking things and leaving dog bombs on the floor to cause me excessive angst. Too damn dumb to train. (The dogs that is.)

  12. Definitely feel like my dog understands me and has learned my routine! If i tell her "go to your room", she knows I mean to go to her spot in the house. I've had several times that I gave her the "dad" look and motion toward her spot and she slinks away to lay there immediately. When I get home in the evenings I change to go for a walk or run and she's usually there waiting for me at the bottom of the stairs looking up in anticipation. There's times when the wife and I will get dressed to workout (hike, run or bike) and she'll immediately go insane whenever she sees our clothes have changed (specifically whenever its workout clothes). No, she doesn't usually do this whenever we change clothes to go out for other reasons… just in case people are thinking it. It is pretty crazy to see how much of a symbiotic relationship there is between mankind and animals. Thanks for another amazing video!!

  13. Turns out the ability to cooperate is just as important as competition in evolutionary success. Lessons that are essential to grabs at this precarious evolutionary tipping point!

  14. I think what really seperates us from other Animals is LANGUAGE!
    And also, Animals use other Animals to their benefits.
    For example my Dog. He is clearly using me. I´m his Pillow.
    His feeding-machine. His go-out-machine…you get the point.

    Also we didn´t made Wolfes smarter by domesticating them. Dogs are actually not as smart as Wolfes.
    (There has been multiple research)

    "thanks to DOGS we went from gatherers nd hunters to farmers"
    really? thanks to dogs? i think it´s not that simple…

    So here i am at the End of the Video and you kinda debunk one of your first statements…

    Anyway, nice Video, like most of the Time. Keep up the god work

    Edit:
    Immer wieder deutsche Wörter also kommentier ich jetzt ma deutsch^^
    Wieso eigentlich so oft deutsche Wörter?

    Why is there a german Word in so much Videos?

  15. There are so many amazing dogs siting in kill shelters everywhere, please consider adopting.. its extremely rewarding!

  16. Dogs are the best! I’ve always had dogs in my family. I hate saying “own.” They are just as much a member of the family as me or my daughter. Their loyalty is inspiring!

  17. I grew up with a large collie dog name Brigadoon who was unusual not only for his size but that he was mostly white, with a sable head and patch on his flank. He joined our family when I was about 7 or 8 and lived for just over 11 years. I considered him more a brother than a dog. He also didn’t really belong to us, we belonged to him. He would lie or sit on the front yard, welcome everyone who walked by and so we weren’t known so much as the Forsyth’s but we were Brig’s family.

    He was so sensitive and tuned into us that whenever anybody was sad or mad, or out of sorts, he would do whatever he could to cheer us up, offer whatever it was he was offering, or go hide in the bathroom if my brother was having one of his frequent temper tantrums.

    We lived by train tracks and Brig and I would walk miles down the tracks to the river where there was an abandoned rice mill and huge sand dunes dredged from the Fraser River. I never felt nervous or unsafe when we were together. Even though he was the most placid and even tempered dog, I knew that he had my back if anything was to happen.

    And he loved little kids. We lived close to my elementary school and he would often hear the recess bell and come over to play or just be with us. He kept doing this long after I went on to high school and later. However by this time he was older and quite arthritic in his hips, so was quite slow to get going after lying down for awhile. He’d still hear the recess bell, but by the time he got there recess was over. But somehow he figured out when to leave the house so that he got to the school JUST as the recess bell rang and was there when all the kids ran out. How he knew when to leave, and the precision it took to arrive just in time, remains a delightful mystery. He kind of spoiled me for other dogs, but I got over it.

  18. The short and long answer? no. Dogs are the outlet to ourselves… Our own President is a lost soul b/c he have no love for pets.

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